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Tim Harlow

Reporter | Traffic and transportation
Phone: 612-673-7768

Tim Harlow covers traffic and transportation issues in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and likes to get out of the office, even during rush hour. Harlow also covers general assignment and breaking news and weather. 


Harlow previously spent four years covering Washington County news and writing about family events and festivals. He is a resident of Robbinsdale and earned a communications degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and a masters degree in communications from Bethel University. In his free time, he likes playing sand and indoor volleyball.
Recent content from Tim Harlow
Customs agents intercept 780 fake heaters at International Falls border

Customs agents intercept 780 fake heaters at International Falls border

The illicit heaters were estimated to carry a value of more than $260,000.
Man killed in head-on crash in northern Minnesota was from Hibbing

Man killed in head-on crash in northern Minnesota was from Hibbing

The crash occurred on Hwy. 169 in Itasca County. Impaired driving is suspected.
Itasca County crash leaves one dead, one critically injured

Itasca County crash leaves one dead, one critically injured

The crash occurred on Hwy. 169 in Greenway Township. killed a Hibbing man.
Firefighters on the scene at the rear of the main building of the Gertens garden center complex Sunday night, Jan. 17, 2021.

Fire damages greenhouse at Gertens in Inver Grove Heights

The main store on Blaine Avenue was not affected and will be open Monday.
The state’s new habitat vehicle license plate.

Minnesota's newest critical habitat license plate: Endangered pollinators

Images of the rusty patched bumblebee and a monarch butterfly appear on the plates.
Plows were busy on Hwy. 52 near Zumbrota during an April snowstorm in 2020.

Plow drivers can't run red lights, but drivers are their biggest hazard

MnDOT plows on average are involved in about 100 crashes every season. Most crashes involving plows happen when drivers try to pass them.
Josh Phillips and his daughter Laree, 1, exit the Prime service from SouthWest Transit bus curbside to Laree’s daycareTuesday, Jan. 10, 2016,  in Ed

SouthWest Transit launches on-demand service to take riders to supermarket for $2

SouthWest Transit has launched a new pilot service to provide half-price rides to the grocery store.For $2 each way, the transit agency's Grocery Getter…
A pedestrian crossed S. 5th St., near U.S. Bank Stadium as snow fell Thursday in Minneapolis.

Blizzard continues its grips on southwestern Minnesota

Initial forecasts predicted heftier amounts in the metro, but higher temps, rain and a snow mixture with a high liquid content kept amounts down.
The Hiawatha Light Rail Line is being rebranded as the METRO Blue Line. The Blue Line is the first of the Twin Cities METRO system of rapid transit li

With signal upgrades, Twin Cities Blue Line provides more consistent travel times

Trains are getting longer green lights and stopping less at intersections in Bloomington.
Man found fatally shot in north Minneapolis alley

Man found fatally shot in north Minneapolis alley

No one has been arrested.
Traffic along Highway 100 in St. Louis Park during Tuesday afternoon’s snow storm.    ] AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.comA snowstorm

Twin Cities in line for up to 9 inches of snow with year's first storm

The south metro and southern Minnesota could see 6 inches of snow or more Thursday and Friday.
Rear-end crash on I-94 in downtown St. Paul leaves one dead

Rear-end crash on I-94 in downtown St. Paul leaves one dead

Speed appeared to be a factor in the crash according to a State Patrol report.
A State Trooper conducts a field sobriety test on a driver.

Holiday DWI arrests in Minnesota were the lowest in six years

Pandemic restrictions on bars were a factor, authorities said.
Josh Phillips and his daughter Laree took the SouthWest Transit Prime service to Laree’s daycare while Rama Vibushnan rode the bus to her workplace

SouthWest Transit expands on-demand service to Shakopee, eyes MOA

SouthWest Transit is expanding its on-demand ride service area.Starting Monday, residents of the southwestern suburbs of Eden Prairie, Chaska, Chanhassen, Carver and Victoria will be…
Brainerd woman fatally hit by driver while leaving Onamia convenience store

Brainerd woman fatally hit by driver while leaving Onamia convenience store

The incident happened Thursday evening at the Super Stop in Onamia, Minn.
A 14-year state study found stop bars didn’t improve intersection safety and aren’t that effective in getting drivers to stop.

Stop lines don't help improve driver safety, study finds

But they were shown to be moderately effective at slowing drivers down.
Mille Lacs County paramedic collapses and dies while answering call

Mille Lacs County paramedic collapses and dies while answering call

Toby Rowan died Wednesday night after trying to save a man.
One person died in a crash invovling a stolen vehicle early Thursday in St. Paul.

One dead in St. Paul crash involving a stolen vehicle

Police are looking for two people who ran from the scene.
Jackson Arndt, Will Rehfuss, Ryan Becker and his brother, Nick, front to back, got back on shore after goofing off on the dock in Silver Lake while at

Record November warmth was state's No. 1 weather event of 2020

Snowstorms, a deadly tornado and a brush with a tropical depression made the Minnesota State Climatology Office's top 5.
Woman killed in Hwy. 7 crash in Victoria ID'd

Woman killed in Hwy. 7 crash in Victoria ID'd

The crash happened Monday morning near Hawks Pointe Lane.
The kitchen of Tiffany Meyers, who died this winter in a house fire in Inver Grove Heights along with her boyfriend, David L’Heureux. ] AARON LAVINS

Careless smoking fueled 2020 rise in Minnesota fire deaths

Most of the deaths occurred in a home or business and involved people over 50.
Excelsior woman killed in crash on Hwy. 7 in Victoria

Excelsior woman killed in crash on Hwy. 7 in Victoria

The State Patrol says the road will be closed for an "extended period of time."
Members of Education Minnesota marched across the 3rd Avenue Bridge on Oct. 19, 2018. The historic structure with its distinctive S-curve just north o

ICYMI: Minneapolis' 3rd Avenue bridge closing today for nearly two years

The 3rd Ave. bridge over the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis is closing to all traffic – cars, buses, pedestrians and bicyclists – for nearly…
New digital signs such as this one at 6th Street and 2nd Avenue S. in downtown Minneapolis, are expected to give riders to bus information that has a

Metro Transit's new digital signs promise more reliable information for downtown bus riders

A majority of commuters who take the bus to their downtown Minneapolis jobs have yet to return to their desks, but when they do, Ben…
The Flexpass — offered at city-run ABC parking ramps — gives commuters some parking and an unlimited transit pass.

Pilot program allows commuters to bundle downtown Minneapolis parking costs with transit pass

The U and MnDOT are testing the pilot program.
Flexpass is being tried at Ramp A near Target Field. A U study if trying to determine if offering transit passes with parking contracts will cut down

Pilot program allows commuters to bundle downtown Mpls. parking costs with transit pass

A University of Minnesota study is looking to see if combo contracts will change commuting behavior.
Two found dead in car in Brooklyn Park; foul play not suspected

Two found dead in car in Brooklyn Park; foul play not suspected

There does not appear to be evidence of foul play, police said.
Traffic on County Road 81 has been shifted onto the northbound bridge over Wirth Parkway and Lowry Avenue as the southbound span was closed.

Deteriorating Mpls. bridge closed after drivers ignore weight limits

Several additional months of inconvenience are ahead for the thousands of drivers who use County Road 81 each day to travel between north Minneapolis and…
Man dies after crashing into tree along northern Minnesota highway

Man dies after crashing into tree along northern Minnesota highway

His death pushed the yearly total to 382.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is looking for names for eight of its snowplows.

Minnesnowtans asked to get witty in naming MnDOT snowplows

"Joe Plower" or "Kent Brrrbek," anyone?
Xcel Energy crews worked to restore power Thursday morning after a driver hit a utility pole on Hwy. 7 near Oak Street in Excelsior.

Hwy. 7 remains closed after crash in west metro; most power restored

The crash happened early Thursday and knocked out power to about 1,600 customers.
Southern Minnesota crash leaves 1 dead, 2 hurt

Southern Minnesota crash leaves 1 dead, 2 hurt

The State Patrol in investigating the collision on Hwy. 22 in Faribault County.
Metro Transit technician Timothy Malmstedt disassembled old cloth seats and installed new plastic ones on a light-rail car.

Plastic seats appearing on Metro Transit light-rail trains

Seats on all 91 LRT vehicles is expected to be complete by spring.
Hugo Boxer, 7, held the family Christmas tree on the roof of the car at Hansen Tree Farm on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Ramsey, Minn. The family picked o

Here's how to get your real Christmas tree home safely

The pandemic is fueling natural Christmas tree sales this year, and that has the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) and the American Automobile Association —…
Deputies with the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office conducting a welfare check found the boy lying dead in the yard of a home near Battle Lake, Min

Battle Lake teen attacked and killed by family dog

Deputies put the 3-year-old dog down after the incident.
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St. Paul police still seeking hit-and-run driver who left woman critically injured

Witnesses say man spoke to woman after critically injuring her, drove off.
A sport utility-type vehicle was involved in a crash Friday morning near the intersection E. 45th Street and Cedar Avenue S. ikn Minneapolis.

Driver dies after striking tree in south Minneapolis

The driver in his 30s struck a tree just before 5 a.m. Speed and drugs may have been a factor.
The milk truck truck involved in an accident was towed to the side of the road as the rest of the milk  was drained out near the Lowry tunnel in Minne

Study: Less driving has not brought a reduction in crashes

Crashes on I-94 in Minneapolis fell only 4% despite a big drop off in traffic.
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SWLRT work to bring three-day closure of Crosstown Hwy. 62 in Eden Prairie

Crews will be working on a tunnel for the new light-rail line.
Patrol identifies man killed in crash with logging truck in northern Minnesota

Patrol identifies man killed in crash with logging truck in northern Minnesota

The crash occurred Tuesday morning on Hwy. 169 near Hill City, Minn.
A few of the 1,556 drivers who failed to buckle up were ticketed twice in the same day.

More than 1,500 cited during statewide seat belt crackdown

Some drivers were cited twice in the same day for the same offense.
Riders hopped on the C-Line Rapid Transit bus on 7th Street in downtown Minneapolis on a cold, wet Thursday, October 22, 2020. ]  Shari L. Gross • s

Metro Transit begins planning for region's next rapid bus lines

The agency is surveying riders to determine where to put the proposed F, G and H lines.
Large fire breaks out at Jordan lumberyard in southwest metro

Large fire breaks out at Jordan lumberyard in southwest metro

The fire at the Siwek Lumber Company broke out about 3 a.m.
The 2021 buttons encompassing the Winter Carnival logo feature colorful winter designs by Minneapolis artist, muralist and screen painter Adam Turman.

Artist-designed buttons celebrate St. Paul Winter Carnival

Button sales will follow Saturday's virtual kickoff.
Unclear lane markings have some drivers on southbound Cedar Avenue near 28th Street in Minneapolis struggling to figure out which lane to use. The far

New striping on busy stretch of Cedar Avenue in Mpls. is giving drivers fits

A portion of Cedar Avenue running through south Minneapolis has a new look, and drivers are asking why.The heavily traveled thoroughfare running through the Cedar-Riverside…